Field Day, 2015

40 meter CW with KG6WKM at the key.  We scored 148 contacts for 296 points overall.

Signals were loud and band noise non existent for the entire period.  Seems like a lot fewer stations on the air this year especially in the midwest, possibly due to the weather.  IMG_4233

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Ol’ Chicken Feathers back on the air

CHRS (California Historical Radio Society) is going back on the air on
Amateur Radio Field Day, with the Maxwell Memorial Station W6CF  (ol’
“Chicken Feathers”). Starting at 11 AM, Saturday, June 27, at Radio
Central in Alameda (2152 Central Ave. off Park St.).  CHRS hams will
operate on standard ham bands and also on VHF two meters FM.  Clubs and
others all over America will join this party on the air, the ARRL’s
national emergency preparedness exercise.  ARRL has been sponsoring
this Field Day weekend since the early 1930s.

Everyone is invited to participate. Licensed hams can operate the
transmitters. This is a good opportunity to review some of the historic
amateur radio gear now in the new mobile storage as well. This is a good
way to learn about amateur radio and its history. CHRS is working
towards a large station for W6CF, with operating vintage equipment and
interpretive displays. Much of the collection of amateur radio
materials in the library is now being reshelved and will be

73 de K6VK.

From ARRL News

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Server Move: If you cannot log in, here is what you need to do.

The server has just been moved and the databases have been restored. Things look fairly good on my end.

I did notice that my old login did not work. This was an easy fix, so if this happens to you, follow these steps.

  1. If you get an error that you login is invalid, you will need to reset your password.
  2. Click on the Lost Password? link below the “Log In” button.
  3. Enter your eMail, not your username. Yes, it says it will accept either one, but your eMail is the one you need to use in this case.
  4. Click on the “Get New Passsword” button.
  5. You will be sent the link to reset your password to the eMail account you first enrolled with.
  6. Click on the link and enter your new password.
  7. If this does not work, let N6XN or myself know.

Why do you need to do this? When the server was moved the salt, the magic random string, that is used for seeding encryption of passwords changed. This means that the old passwords cannot be decoded. A simple password reset is needed to have the system update your password.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

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Silverado ARS website to change

Seems like we just did this.  Remember when we used to be  It’s been nearly  5 years since we changed our web host from “the gate” to N5APA’s servers in Yountville.  David made us a generous offer to host our site and we have had nearly flawless service ever since.

But now David must re-home his servers and napasars will go dark for an unspecified period until things get reorganized.  Make a mental note: if you try to connect to the SARS website and get a “server not found” error, please be patient.  We will be back.

73 – N6XN

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Why bother with a weekly net?

Last Wednesday’s Echolink failure provides a pretty good reason.  Two members were on the W6CO echolink waiting to check in.  When net control asked for echolink check-ins, nothing was heard.

A quick check of the terminal revealed that the link transmitter between the terminal and the control point was off line.  Some poking around produced some sparking in one of the butt connectors in the power lead.  The connector was one of those vinyl covered aluminum crimp-ons, the feeder was #10 stranded copper but the lead to the radio was #14 stranded.  It had been crimped properly but the combination of being too big and the wrong material was a failure waiting to happen.

If it had not been for the net the problem may have gone on for several days or until it was really needed.

What if you did not check in to a net on a regular basis?  Are you sure your equipment is operable?  Batteries charged?

Just askin’

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